Politics Seen to Limit E.P.A. in Regulation of Natural Gas, Ian Urbina for the New York Times, March 3, 2011:
“It was like the science didn’t matter,” Carla Greathouse, the author of the [E.P.A. study on oil and gas drilling waste], said in a recent interview. “The industry was going to get what it wanted, and we were not supposed to stand in the way.” ...
Asked why the letter about hydrofracking in the New York City watershed had been revised, an [E.P.A.] scientist who was involved in writing it offered a one-word explanation: “politics.” ...
An early draft of the study discussed potentially dangerous levels of contamination in hydrofracking fluids and mentioned “possible evidence” of contamination of an aquifer. The final version of the report excluded these points, concluding instead that hydrofracking “poses little or no threat to drinking water.” ...
“It was shameful,” Weston Wilson, the E.P.A. whistleblower, said in a recent interview about the study. He explained that five of the seven members of that study’s peer review panel were current or former employees of the oil and gas industry. ...
[Recently] scientists and lawyers said that high-level [E.P.A.] officials in Washington had made it clear in meetings that some of the resistance to more rigorous enforcement was also coming from members of the environmental and energy staff at the White House.
Read many more example in the report here.
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